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 Mike Falk
 Sports Information Director
 Muhlenberg College
 2400 Chew Street
 Allentown PA 18104
 484-664-3232
 falk@muhlenberg.edu

Softball
2007 Season Review:

The 2007 season was a tease for the Muhlenberg softball team. The Mules had several outstanding days on which they appeared to be poised to get on
Nicole Washburn
Senior Nicole Washburn was fifth in the CC with a 1.82 ERA in league games, but lack of run support led to a 4-11 record. She finished her career fifth in team history with a 2.50 ERA.
a roll, but they never did.

Muhlenberg finished the season with a 9-23 record, snapping an incredible run of 22 straight years with double digits in victories – a College record for all sports.

The Mules looked like playoff contenders when they started out 5-3 in the Centennial Conference. Muhlenberg averaged nearly seven runs a game in splitting with Gettysburg (the eventual CC champion) and sweeping Franklin & Marshall, but then was shut out in both ends of a twinbill against Swarthmore.

In an ensuing doubleheader sweep of Washington, the Mules scored 13 runs on 18 hits in the second game. The bats died down for good after those games, however. The team scored only nine runs in its remaining 10 games, winning just once. That one win came in extra innings against CC
Hilary Marinchak
Marinchak led the Mules with 21 runs scored and started every game in center field without making an error.
regular-season champion Ursinus, showing that Muhlenberg was capable of playing at a high level.

On their season-opening trip to Florida, the Mules battled preseason No. 1 Muskingum tough in a 4-3 loss. They had another near-miss back north when they were five outs away from their first win in 28 games against The College of New Jersey, but a four-run sixth inning resulted in an 8-5 setback.

For the first time in their history, the Mules hit two grand slams in a season. Senior shortstop Tina Roth hit an inside-the-park slam in a 9-6 win against Heidelberg, and sophomore catcher RiRi Ferrigno drove in four with one swing at Franklin & Marshall. Roth earned second-team All-CC honors after hitting .346 in CC games (.280 overall), while Ferrigno led the team in RBI for the second year in a row, with 21.

Senior Hilary Marinchak sparked the team from her leadoff spot, hitting a team-beat .291 with 15 stolen bases to earn All-CC honorable mention. Sophomore Samantha Crist ranked among the CC batting leaders for much of the season before finishing with a .287 average.

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